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More to Death Than a Hood And Scythe
on December 17, 2013
Nothing in life is certain, but Death.
But who is Death, really? The smug may be satisfied to call it the absence of life and be done. George Pendle knows there is more to Death than a hood and scythe.
The offspring of Satan and Sin, Death, is tired of being misunderstood, and he sits to set the record straight. Since the beginning of Creation -- a time when plants and animals roamed the earth wearing plastic name tags to identify themselves -- Death has been with us. And it was in creation that Death learned its craft. As Death became more proficient at casting souls of the freshly departed into the Darkness, it grew to love its line of work.
But somewhere between a tormented childhood, an absent father, and a doting mother, and Maud, (the human who wanted to die) Death lost its will to die and thew a giant monkey wrench in the Grand Scheme of Things.
Pendle has fun riffing on history, society, and religion. Death: A Life is at times sappy, and at others groan-worthy, but through most of the novel, I found myself chuckling to myself at the word-play and the sheer insanity of some of the explanations of why and how life works.